In a brand-new biography published on Tuesday, former vice president Mike Pence accuses Donald Trump of putting his family “and all those serving at the Capitol” in danger on January 6.
In “So Help Me God,” Pence describes, for the first time in his own words, the extraordinary effort made by the Republican former president to persuade him to annul the results of the 2020 election.
He also describes the day that a large crowd of rioters stormed the Capitol, some of whom were chanting “Hang Mike Pence.”
According to Pence, “They had come to protest the outcome of the election and to stop Congress from carrying out its duty to open and count the Electoral College votes.”
And, as I discovered afterward, many people had come seeking me.
The book, which follows Pence’s political career from his time as a local Democratic Party youth coordinator to when he witnessed then-Vice President Al Gore certifying his loss in the election days after Pence had been sworn in as a member of Congress, essentially defends Trump, glossing over and downplaying many of his most contentious incidents.
The book opens, “I had always been devoted to President Donald Trump.
However, Pence makes it plain that January 6, 2021, was a breaking point when, in his words, Trump’s “reckless statements have threatened my family and all those serving at the Capitol.”
Pence spent years reluctant to criticize his previous boss openly.
“We worked closely together for four years.
Pence writes, summarizing their time in the White House, “It did not end well. However, he continues, “when our devotion to the country ended, we parted ways peacefully.
We occasionally communicated in the months that followed, but I decided it would be best for us to part ways when the president began to publicly condemn those of us who stood up for the Constitution and reverted to the rhetoric he had been using before that horrible day.
The book’s release coincides with Pence’s growing likelihood to run for president in 2024, which would pit him against Trump, who is anticipated to launch his reelection campaign in Florida on Tuesday night officially.
Pence writes that when Trump first suggested holding a rally in Washington on Jan. 6, the day Pence was scheduled to preside over the election’s certification, he thought it was a fine idea.
However, Pence never explicitly declares in the book that Democrat Joe Biden won fairly.
In his essay, he states, “My first thinking was that a rally that day might be helpful as a way to attract even more attention to the proceedings on the floor of the House and Senate.”